Painted Fire

Painted Fire (2002)

The struggles of an artist. Jang Seung-up (1843-1897), also called Owon, focusing on the years 1882 to 1897, when Korea was in political upheaval, caught between China and Japan, the conservative dynasty dying, and peasant revolt at hand. Jang, born poor, has genius; a merchant, Kim, becomes his patron, finding him a teacher. Jang must convince others that a commoner can have talent, then move beyond his ability to copy old masters and find his own style. He's bedeviled by a temper and alcohol, arguments with patrons as he seeks commissions, and relationships with kisaeng, particularly Mae-hyang, that start and stop. It's the life of a restless spirit producing great art.

Writing:
  • Im Kwon-taek
  • Min Byung-sam
  • Kim Yong-ok
Directing:
  • Im Kwon-taek
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  • Views: 2
  • Release Date: 2002-05-10
  • Language: 한국어/조선말
  • Country: KR
  • Runtime: 120

Ahn Sung-ki

Kim Byung-Moon

Jung Tae-Woo

Jang Seung-up (young)

Yoo Ho-jeong

Mae-hyang

Choi Min-sik

Jang Seung-up

Kim Yeo-jin

Jin-jong

Son Ye-jin

So-woon

Kim Eung-soo

Cho Byeong-gab
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